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A Generation Gap?

Jul 27, 2009
Howdy all at U.S. Farm Report,
   "John's World" was particularly interesting this week. About giving his son Aaron a hard time and our need to be more understanding with a younger generation. After all it usually doesn't cost much, other than time to hear another side of an issue. Goodness knows listening and the ability to listen is getting to be a lost art. Congress is becoming proof of that. The dying art of being able to listen is often times being replaced by the ability to interrupt with or inject opinion based usually on the account of just liking to hear one's self speak, rather than being based on sound logical fact.
    In this fast talking, wheeling-dealing time we are living the ability to listen is becoming as lost as the City of Atlantis. Sci-Fi writers and comic strips often lead readers to future civilizations of beings without ears. Instead of communicating through spoken words or sounds they do this telepathically. Therefore eliminating the need for a mouth, other than for consumption of foodstuffs. And, the lack of protrusions on the head region for audible sounds or the lack of ears. Although some people see ears as not much more than a jewelry holder and something to put things in like keys and Q-tips. Now days people like to hang telephones on them, sometimes on both sides. However this is one of the more direct routes in which to reach the brain.
    Mr. John's comments got me to thinking, which in itself is a day's work for most of us. By giving his son a bit of a razzing and departing some of his fatherly advice, he was passing on a long tradition. This goes back to when man first had a son. The father wanting for his son to be successful in hunting, farming and basically surviving departed his experiences and wisdom. But the son being some years the junior either listened and observed or, as is the case with most younger generations, bucked the system and knew it all already.
   Technology has advanced drastically, that in itself is an understatement.  Decades ago the walking plow was a major improvement over just roughing up the ground with a wooden stick. The advancements in agriculture being some of the grandest. Decades ago farmers used more oil for lubricating the machine than for the combustion in the engine. But today's machines are more fuel efficient, environmental friendly and technologically advanced than just a decade ago.
    Yes, it is the right of every male with offspring, or those several years or decades their senior, to give whipper-snappers a razzing from time to time...imparting to them how it was in their day. After all do we not learn by doing???  Advice is something that can cost virtually nothing, but can prove to be priceless. Plus, if the one giving the advice can get a chuckle, let it pass. Looking back at my youth I can remember getting many a razzing and some Old Timer getting a laugh. But this is a learning process. As years have gone on I believe I can cherish each of these.
    For now not only is it advice that can be derived from these, but life's lessons. I am quite sure that Mr. John can't quite explain how to feel if a planter is not "just right". Also his son's feel for hitting just the right buttons at the right time.  But the frustration from both sides might be explained thusly. The younger generation see this as a sermon and inability to accept a better way of doing things. While the older generation sees it as jealously for the lack of youth and potential possibility.  Ahh, to be young and know what I know now...

As always, a Great job from all at USFR, keep it up!!
Watching from here in BAMA,
Ol James
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